August 1st, 2016

Elkton Central Library’s Parking Lot is Closed, but all Libraries are Open for Business

hardhatYou may have heard that Elkton Central Library’s parking lot will be closed in August and September for necessary repairs and improvements. For the convenience of patrons who can’t walk to the library but don’t want to drive to another branch, we have partnered with the YMCA of Cecil County and placed our book drop near their main building entrance. The bookmobile will be on site for scheduled hours Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-8pm as well as Saturday from 10-4pm for Elkton patrons to pick up their holds. for more detailed information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

While the Elkton Central Library will be open Monday-Thursday from 10am-7 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am-5pm, our six other branch locations will remain open with their regularly scheduled operating hours. Staff are excited to greet and help any patrons who want to visit these branches.

CCPL is also open and available 24/7 on our website, with many digital products and materials to download or stream for your reading, listening and watching enjoyment. Check out our digital devices and downloads page for help connecting to these resources.

Need help? Look for the orange box on the right side of our webpages that says “Help with Digital Services” – there are numerous video tutorials to explain and demonstrate how to access CCPL’s digital content.

Our librarians and staff are here for you – contact us on Facebook or give us a call! We can place holds and have materials sent to the branch of your choice, answer questions and connect you to resources. We look forward to speaking with you.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience!


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June 13th, 2016

Homesteading

vegetables-790022_640Are you interested in learning more about backyard farming this summer? Check-out these homesteading programs at your local branches:

Backyard Chickens 101
Cecilton Branch Library, Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm
Get an introduction to backyard chicken keeping from Beth Tumas of Aristos’ Harvest Farm and Apiary.

Canning with J.R.
Perryville Branch Library, Saturday, July 16 at 11 am
Get canning with J.R.! Local cookbook author, J.R. Coffey, will demonstrate the water-bath method, with a tasting to follow.

Local Bees and Honey with Myrl Stone
North East Branch Library, Monday, July 18 at 6:30 pm
Chester County Beekeeping Association President Myrl Stone talks about the importance of pollination, how his bee farm operates, shows off a honeycomb, and takes your questions about working with nature.

If you’re ready to learn more, CCPL has a sizable collection of books and magazines on homesteading and related subjects. You can also download current periodicals through Zinio where you’ll find magazines like Mother Earth News Food and Garden, American Patchwork and Quilting, Field and Stream, and Organic Life. Through our digital library you can access a comprehensive periodicals collection supporting research in agriculture in the Agriculture Collection. Also in the digital library you’ll find our Gardening, Landscape and Horticultural database.

One of the benefits of holding a CCPL library card is access to free online learning through Gale Courses. Explore the course catalog and you’ll see that it isn’t just about developing workplace skills. You’ll discover courses under Personal Development, including Health and Wellness, where you can find courses like: Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, Start Your Own Edible Garden and Handling Medical Emergencies.

What’s your favorite part of backyard farming: caring for the animals, growing the plants or the canning the harvest?


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